Liebowitz to Lead Eight U.S. Swimmers at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games

May 4, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Swimming has announced that Oregon State swimming head coach Larry Liebowitz will lead a team of eight U.S. swimmers will travel to Singapore for the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games, August 14-26. The swimming competition will run August 15-20.

'I am very excited about the opportunity to represent the USA at the first ever Youth Olympics,' Liebowitz said. 'I am looking forward to working with this young but very talented group of athletes. I always enjoy international competitions and this should be a great one.'

USA Swimming selected the eight swimmers for the Youth Olympic Games based upon a variety of factors. As mandated by the Youth Olympic Games, every female swimmer must have been born between 1993 and 1994 and every male swimmer's birth date must be in either 1992 or 1993. Each athlete on the roster must also have achieved a FINA Youth Olympic Games 'A' time standard at a FINA approved competition. The four highest ranked males and females meeting the above criteria were nominated to the team.

In addition, in order to be selected to the team, a swimmer must not have been a member of the USA Swimming 2009-2010 National Youth Team and the swimmer cannot participate in the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships or the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships taking place this August.

The Youth Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event, held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that will be held every four years consistent with the current format of the Olympic Games. The sport program will encompass all 26 sports that will be featured at the 2012 Olympic Games.

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